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Founders Double Trouble - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,638
Hads: 6,276
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 420
Gots: 1,015 | FT: 12
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: CortexBomb on 12-06-2006

86 IBUs and 9.4% ABV
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How can you go wrong with 9.4%, 86 IBU's, and a lable that kinda screws with you after a few? I've heard a bit of hype about the beer, let's see if it lives up.

The pour brings an unexpected strong straw color with hint of golden highlights shining through. A dainty but withstanding foamstand leaves a lot of lacing on the snifter. Light haze, likely from dry-hopping. A prototypical look except for the Pilsner dominant color.

An immense aroma of grapefruit rises from the glass and demands attention throughout. The firm pilsner malts provide a mere pedistal for the far stronger hop flavors. Light decoration of pineapple, lemon-grass, and fresh cut grass round out the aromas. Light nail-polish character comes from the alcohols as the beer warms.

Flavors closely mimic the character found in the nose. Emphasis is still on the agressive American 'C' hops while the softer pilsner malts give a light sugar-cookie or confectionate sweetness that, in no way interferres with the hoppy ambitions. Light on fruity esters, but moderate on the phenolics. Again, the ethanol taste rises late--the only distraction.

The beer starts of heavy, rich, and full, but finishes with a crisp, dry, IPA attitude. Not overyly syrupy, sweet, or mouth-coating. Warming and a bit numbing throughout. Bittered by the 86 IBU's and gives much more of a punch than the pilsner malts demand. Still, the alcohols are thin, bitey, and convolute the clean hop character just a bit.

Overall, I appreciate the pilsner malt base. It give just enough of a foundation to support the hops, but don't challenge them as more highly kilned malts would. Though out of style, these malts showcase the hops well. Light on complexity, variety, and depth, many may consider this a bit to simplistic.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of RyanC84 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright, clear golden amber with a fluffy white head that left good lacing on the way down and staying on as a cap for the duration.

The aroma is fantastic on this with and dominated by hops of the citrus and floral variety. There plenty of grapefruit and lemons but I can definitely pick up some pine in the nose as well. The bready malts are there but take a back seat.

The taste isn't quite as impressive but is still dominated by hops. The citrus is there up front but not quite as sweet as the aroma suggested. The bready malt forms a detectable backbone before the citrus finishes things off with an bracing bitterness that lingers as an aftertaste with a slight burn of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and fairly dry with lots of sticky hops lingering on the palate.

This is a beer that I would almost term a hop bomb. Tons and tons of juicy citrus hops and fairly abrasive in the finish. For a hophead likie me, those are good things.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After my fantastic experience a few nights ago with a Centennial IPA, I'm ready to meet it's big brother. In holding the bottle up to the light, I see enough sedimentary goodness to do a Belgian brewer proud, here goes "double" lupulin "trouble."
Pours out a brilliant bright apricot tone of golden lemony goodness. Touch of brownish-tangerine flaked tones, capped by a suprisingly fluffy ever-so-tan head of a foamed cup of a hoppy aromatic explosion that I'm already experiencing just from the pour. Founders seem to have a knack for producing beautifully effevecent IPA's.
What a glass of goodness. My hop-singed nose is experiencing a "Cascade" of tangerines, grapefruit, a sweetish white-peach in there, peppercorns, and the lightish touch of maple smelling pale malt that adds a thin but perfect back to this hop bill. I can't really ask for more from a DIPA, so a high score is in order.
I'm glad I am typing rather than speaking right now, because my goofy, happy smile is too big right now for words. After an upfront thourough tongue-spanking of hoppy fruity deliciousness, I think I am in some "double trouble" with this brew, which means I'll be spending alot of money on many future four-pack of this one. A slight malt backing is the perfect base line for the symphony of hops, spicy citrus, peppery herbs, fresh young greens, wildflower-like earthiness that follow. Outstanding.
Mouthfeel is medium, ending on an excitingly spicy note of fresh citrus that keep the contents in the glass steadily diminishing. The ABV is noticed only in the warmness of the finish, but does provide a nice lightness in the body as well.
This is a phenominal DIPA, one of the best I've experienced and reingnites my excitement for futher exploration for hoppy bliss

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Photo of kmeves
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/orange with a thin filmy white head that leaves lots of lacing. The aroma is lightly sweet fruit and has a wonderful resiny, piney, grapefruity quality that begs you take take a drink. Flavor is decidedly bitter with a nice caramel backbone. Nice fruitiness as well. Medum ot full bodied Finish is very dry, long and citrusy bitter. I say 2 thumbs up for Devil Dancers replacement!

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Photo of klewis
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a small foamy head. Spotty lacing.

S: Strong hops smell with aromas of grapefruit and celery.

T: Lots of centennial flavor, but that's about it. Hoppy, but lacking any kind of depth or complexity. A gritty bitterness finishes it off.

M: Medium-bodied with light-moderate carbonation. A dry, lingering bitterness.

D: A bit overboard on the centennial IMO. Decent and worth a try, but less than impressive.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased at City Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC. Poured into a Hennepin tulip glass.

A: Is this a Belgian tripel or an IPA? A clear light straw color which reminds me of many tripels. The head almost didn't exist, but the ring of bubbles did leave some rings of lacing.

S: I have used "citrus hop aroma" many times before. After smelling this one, those beers didn't deserve it. It smells like a mix of grapefruit and orange juice. Very appealing.

T: This one is definitely NOT balanced, but it still works. The hops definitely attack the mouth with every sip. Beautiful citrus goodness on the tongue. It tastes more like pineapple to me than grapefruit which is a good thing. Why didn't I get a 4 pack of this outstanding brew?

M: Nice in mouth carbonation and the hop bitterness join together to give it almost a spicy character. A very full body for what appears thin in the glass.

D: Although this is loaded with hops like it should be, they do not make you pucker when you drink it. Many others in the style are a struggle to get down. This one is extremely drinkable. I just wish I had another.

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Photo of drseamus
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As soon as I started pouring this beer I was surprised by the color. It is much lighter than I expected; a light straw color like almost like macro lager. Only light head even with a decent pour.

S: It redeems itself. Great hop aroma. Nice citrus notes.

T: Nice blast of grapefruity bitterness right up front. Although it does have the citrus hop flavors the bulk of the hops are providing bitterness over flavor. Still great flavor.

M: Fairly light bodied for a DIPA. Pretty mouthcoating.

D: A good beer but I expect more from Founders. They have fallen short of where I think they should be.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer for $2.50. Appears a slightly hazy gold with light lacing. The aroma has a juicy white grape with lemon and bitter orange peel. The flavor dives into grapefruit and citrus rind with a grassy, herbal undertone that lasts into the aftertaste. There's a hint of sugary bread for the malt backbone. I have to say this DIPA is surprisingly drinkable. It reminds me a little more of a strong IPA, as its big, but it doesn't have that knock-out smack of hops.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 3 fingers of foamy white head. Good retention leaves some really nice sticky lacing behind. Smells of honey, citrus, grain, floral, and piney hops. Taste starts out with a plethora of grapefruit followed by some candy, honey, and a touch of pale malt. Finish is a mix of grass, wood, and pine needle bitterness. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth with a semi-sticky feel, nicely bitter but not too over the top, pleasant. Dangerously easy to drink, hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Institute the other day. The bar tender had just tapped the keg a few minutes beforehand, assuring that this beer was fresh and delicious.

The beer pours a light peachy orange color with very good head retention and lacing. This beer looks exactly the way a good IPA/DIPA should. On the nose I get lots of hoppy orange citrus, which is attractive. That's really about all I get, but what's there smells very nice indeed. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose to some extent, but with noticeable pepper and pine as well. This is a very serious DIPA, and I appreciate the fact that Founders did not over do it on the malt. The sweetness and alcohol are both kept at bay in this very fine DIPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a pretty decent, fairly long finish. I get a hint of alcohol at the very end, but overall drinkability is not too bad.

This is very fine DIPA from Founders; at least in my opinion, much better then the wretchedly sweet Devil Dancer they make. Other then the somewhat excessive alcohol bite in the finish, there really was nothing I didn't like about this beer. Well done.

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Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these in accordance with all the hype on the site. Review on a bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a light orangey-gold color, clear and bubbly, with a 1 1/2 finger white, rocky head. Great head retention and tremendous sticky lacing.

Smell: Loads of bitter citrus and sticky pine. I can tell from the scent that it's going to be big time.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Almost more bitter than I can take - extremely bitter sticky pine, with a slightly sweet citrus note and a touch of crunchy, toasty malts. Alcohol very present in the taste, and continues to grow as it warms. Creamy feel from the head permeates the mouth, followed by a sticky effervescence from the body. Stickiness coats the palate in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not terribly high, especially compared to others in the style. The bitterness is HUGE and not balanced much by the other aspects.

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Photo of eberkman
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright gold with a moderately sticky white head that leaves a nice crown of lacing on the side that resembles elfin scroll. Much lighter in color than I'd expect for the style -- not the copper hue I've come to associate with DIPAs. Big hoppy aromas, like I just walked into a pine forest with a big grapefruit grove in the middle.

The taste is obviously dominated by hops. Citrusy on the intake, more grassy in the middle with a pungent woodsy, piney lingering aftertaste. Very well balanced with a subtle malt backbone that competes honorably with the huge hop presence, preventing this from being one-sided but without muting the main feature -- glorious, abundant hops. Uberhoppy without being unpleasantly astringently bitter. Nicely crafted -- a fine-tasting brew.

Slick, oily mouthfeel with good carbonated briskness. Very drinkable for a beer this big. Maybe too drinkable. A DIPA where I could definitely go for another. And possibly another. Which would be dangerous, obviously.

Another strong offering from a brewery that's done very little that wasn't for me.

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Photo of Jayli
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very hazy, yellowish color. Nice two finger white head with very nice head retention. Lacing was thick and sticky the whole way down. Nose is of citrusy hops, some earthy tones - grain, slight grass, and a bit piney. Taste is definitely of citrusy hops, most notibley grapefruit. Some floral hops present in the taste, with a touch of pine. There are some faint malt taste - possibly pale malts but it definitely doesn't detract from the bite of this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slight sticky finish to it, carbonation is good. To sit and have 1 or 2 would be the ideal based on the ABV but taste wise, I could sit with this for an evening.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled in my 12 oz. tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper with a one finger off-white head. Ok retention for the style, leaves a nice layer on top. Very sticky lacing.

S: Aroma is full of big hops...lots of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits. Wow. I have no words, smells amazing.

T: Taste echoes the aroma, and it's better than I imagined it would be. This beast is just so juicy, full of juicy hops. There is a spicy bite in the back, like a peppery rye.

M: Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Carbonation is right-on for the style. Finishes dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable, this one could get me in trouble...if I had more that is. So damn tasty. I'm thrilled that we'll finally have Founders here in Minnesota in the coming months, as they make some fantastic stuff.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm..this pour is deceiving. Its very light golden in color with a slight bit of haze and a very big inch and half of thick white foam. Looks very good and smells even better...

Smell is unbelievably fresh and hoppy. Wow, this is all that grapefruit/citrus intensity that hop heads yearn for. Lots of piney citrusy notes are followed by slight hints of alcohol. Man, this just smells heavenly.

Taste is intense to say the least. This tastes a bit like a greyhound (grapefruit juice and vodka) to start, moreso than any other hoppy beer I've had. Lots of piney, citrusy notes are backed up by some sweet syrup and hints of hot alcohol.

For a dIPA that comes in at almost 9.5%, DT is very drinkable and oh so good. I was a bit turned off by the idea of paying $11 for 4 bottles but I am glad I did. I hope I can find this one on tap sometime soon. Its got to be amazing.

Do I dare say that I like this more than Pliny the Elder? Yes, I dare say.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Vintage Estates in Boardman.

Appears a very light golden with a red/orangish tint. Carbonation is very active though head retention is not great. Started out quite fluffy and white and has died down to a crown.

Smell is of citrus hops, grapefruit is most up front with a pine resin and malty sweetness in the back.

Taste is similar to smell with perhaps pine taking more of a place. Tasty and above average for sure, but not in the league of say a Hopslam or a Pliny.

Mouth is thick for an IPA, kind of a syrupy feeling, which is different and intriguing.

Overall another winner from founders but I would probably go somewhere else for my DIPA fix first.

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Photo of discovolante65
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my SA BL pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. 1/2 inch Head that dissipated fairly quick. Great lacing throughout the beer.

Smells exactly how it should, my wife hates this smell of beer and will refuse to drink anything that smells of "Pine Sol" and flowery air freshener as she calls them. Grapefruits, Fresh cut pine, floral hops scent.

Taste is really well-balanced imo. Nice grapefruit up front trailed by piney, floral hops resin and a little malt hint that reminds me of organic honey. I can detect a little bit of lemons in there as well. I like how the bitter flavor lingers but doesn't grow to be unbearable over time.

Medium bodied, good light amount of carbonation. There is a slight heat to this when you let it warm up. Overall, I am amazed how well the alcohol is hidden. Leaves you with a nice dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Well, I cracked one while cooking up some steaks, and immediately decided that I would have another one with my steak. I didn't regret this decision as it was a beautiful Sunday with no where to go!

Haven't had a bad beer from Founders yet!

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Photo of eaglefreak
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Goose Island IPA glass. Produced a nice, thick creamy head that hung around a while. The hops smelled of citrus and pine, tasted the same. This beer was very smooth and balanced. Could not believe the alcohol was 9.4%, very deceiving. Would drink a few of these and not think twice. Very nice Imperial IPA from Founders.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 7 Mar 2009. Courtesy of Phil, thanks!

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large tight creamy yellow head. Moderate carbonation. Faintest bit of haze, coppery amber color. Very nice aroma, pineapple, caramel, some ethanol, perfumy, hint of resin. Begins slightly sweet, similar to the aroma but slightly toned down. Lots of floral and perfume in the taste. Hops really kick and linger. Quite a bit of underlying caramel sweetness. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Ethanol pretty strong, nicely warming.

Very tasty IPA with an excellent aroma.

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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have wanted to try this offering from the home state for quite awhile.Poured into a standard pint glass a foggy/hazy light to medium golden with a tight formed 1/2 white head that settled slowly leaving shotty lace.Deep pine resin in the nose along with leather and alcohol dipped dark fruit,strong flavors on the palate,the alcohol does not hide by any means.Resiny pine and citrus rind really hit up front,big alcohol sweetness comes thru along with some overripe pineapple,it can sting ya after after one or two.A bigtime American hop monster,it will kick ya in the teeth,just the way I like it.

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Photo of ndm502
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a crystal clear light golden color, slightly darker than a pilsner. Begins with a billowy white head that falls to a persistent, thin layer.

Smell: Amazing aromas of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pine surge out of the glass. The nose is dominated by hop flavors in accompaniment with an undercurrent of sweet, simple syrup.

Taste: The flavors hit your palate with loads of citrus hop flavors up front, followed by a hint of pine and resin hop flavors, all layered atop a solid malt texture. The malt doesn't contribute much flavor or sweetness. Essentially, it's almost as though the brewers managed to perfectly balance the simply sweet malt flavors with the optimal amount of citrus hop flavors to create an incredibly well balanced beer. The finish begins with some resiny hop flavors that give way to a burst of hop bitterness that itself is followed by a persistent honey sweetness. The malt flavors really kick in at the back-end of the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body has great texture, solid without being thick or syrupy. Surprisingly lightly bodied in light of the 9.4%.

Drinkability: Scarily drinkable on account of the fairly light body and the very well-balanced flavors.

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Photo of beveritt
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label depicts a "double" face; what looks like an old man one way and and old women upside down. 9.4 % ABV and 86 IBU's. No freshness date, but I picked it up a few weeks ago and have stored it in the refrigerator since.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. This settles somewhat, leaving behind thick and complete lacing. The beer itself is an orange amber with a slight haze. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Strong hop aroma of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Wow, the closest to actual grapefruit that I have ever tasted in a beer! I wouldn't be surprised if someone later told me that this was a beer/grapefruit juice mix. Sharp bitterness in the finish, lingers long after the sip. Slight honey sweetness also hides in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is incredible, the beer is thick and almost syrupy.

Drinkability: Another hyped beer that lives up to its reputation. While I am more of a malt guy, it is hard to argue with the near perfection of this one.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa recently since I have yet to have a bad beer from Founder's. I tend to associate them with heavier and darker offerings, but this took me a bit by surprise. No, it's not the best hoppy beer I've had and it tastes almost like it's dry-hopped, but this is amazingly deceptive when it comes to the alcohol content. It doesn't smell or taste strong at all and it almost seems like something that Sierra Nevada would concoct if they ever tried this style of beer. Thankfully, the midwest is giving the west coast breweries a good run for their money!

This had a nice pour to it - amber, slightly cloudy, a long-lasting head, and a good amount of lacing. The taste is as I said before, that or a dry-hopped beer. Lots of citrus, lemon, pine, with hints of orange and resin underneath. No, it's not buttery or waxy like the flagship beer from Chico, but this can hold it's own against that. It's not the fullest flavor, but it's confidently bold and the hop bitterness lingers nicely well after each sip has gone down. Lots of bubbles both on the palate and in the beer itself adds for a nice touch!

This is not a session beer but nevertheless, it's weak enough that it's easy to sneak up on ya and give ya a good smack upon the head. The taste is a bit too heavy and earthy for me but nevertheless, this was a solid beer and proof that Founders hasn't found a style that they can't tackle head on. A great alternative for those who can't find a west coast I.P.A. in their local liquor store!

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Photo of Shumista
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a beer mug.

A- Founders Double Trouble pours a hazy golden yellow that becomes clear after it settles in the glass. There is a small white head and a good amount of lacing is left on the sides of the glass.
S- The aroma is lots of citrusy hops. Smells very fresh. Not much maltiness in the smell.
T- Not quite as big in flavor as I expected for a DIPA from Founders. Tons of fresh citrusy hops are the highlight of the flavor. Any malt present subtly takes a backseat.
M- Thinner than most DIPA's I've had, very medium bodied.
D- Dangerously high for 9.4%. The first one went down real easy, and I think the next one will too.

Overall I definitely prefer this to Founders "Triple IPA" Devil Dancer (which I thought was more of a barleywine than Imperial IPA).

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Photo of DIM
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a cloudy, pale yellow color. It poured with a thin, short lived head.

s: Big fresh aromas of earthy grapefruit, and vanilla cookie dough.

t: Bit of a let down here. Starts well with toffee and vanilla flavors. Next up are some lemon zest with a little pine. The finish is abrasively bitter and a little solventy.

m: Decent body, but maybe a little undercarbonated.

d: I love Founder's, but this came up a little short.

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Founders Double Trouble from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.